Troubleshooting and Solving a Sour-Water Stripper Problem
A systematic approach identifies problems that prevented a stripper column from achieving trouble-free operation
Jeremy Ponting Fluor Ltd. Henry Z. Kister and Richard B. Nielsen Fluor Corp.
Towers that strip components out of water (so this water can be re-utilized or disposed of) are common in the process industries. In petroleum refineries and gas plants, the main components stripped out are hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, and the tower is referred to as a “sour water stripper.” The technology for stripping sour water has been established for decades. However, there are many sour-water strippers that do not operate adequately and efficiently.
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